- Oklahoma lawmakers look at consolidating law enforcement Updated: Sep-05-15 9:22 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Facing the prospect of another budget shortfall next year, Oklahoma lawmakers are looking for ways to make state law enforcement agencies more efficient by consolidating services and resources to better control costs.
- Ala starts voluntary tax program for online sellers Updated: Sep-05-15 5:32 am
MONTGOMERY, Alabama - The Alabama Revenue Department is providing a way for online sellers to pay sales taxes.
- Pressure increases on VA to let others handle construction Updated: Sep-04-15 9:41 pm
DENVER - New criticism of the VA's troubled hospital construction program turned up the pressure in Congress on Friday for the agency to turn over future big projects to the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Boeing names its new Apollo-style spacecraft the Starliner Updated: Sep-04-15 8:28 pm
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - Boeing already has the Dreamliner. Now it also has the Starliner.
- Brownback says Kansas public pension system on right track Updated: Sep-04-15 7:38 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Gov. Sam Brownback is satisfied that Kansas' public pension system is on a solid financial footing, though he said Friday that he's still open to big changes such as creating a 401(k)-style plan for new teachers and government workers.
- Baton Rouge-New Orleans rail supported by governor hopefuls Updated: Sep-04-15 7:08 pm
NEW ORLEANS - Commitments to seek funding for commuter rail service linking Baton Rouge, New Orleans and points in between marked a Friday forum in which questioners from area business development groups sought answers on infrastructure and the state's annual fiscal mess.
- Oklahoma leaders bracing for another steep budget shortfall Updated: Sep-04-15 7:02 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - With oil prices hovering below $50 a barrel and an income tax cut scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, Oklahoma's already bleak budget outlook for the upcoming fiscal year is likely to take a turn for the worse.
- Ruling: More Nevada workers eligible for higher minimum wage Updated: Sep-04-15 6:59 pm
LAS VEGAS - A Carson City judge's recent decision about Nevada's two-tier minimum wage law could mean more workers are eligible for the higher $8.25 per hour rate, rather than the $7.25 allowed if the employer provides health insurance.
- Indiana veterans returning home face dearth of services Updated: Sep-04-15 6:23 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana has a large number of veterans who are returning home as the Army thins its ranks and winds down overseas engagements, placing more demand on a network of veterans' services that is already stretched thin.
- NC rules for Uber, other app-based ride companies now law Updated: Sep-04-15 6:16 pm
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina - Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law state regulations for ride-sharing companies where potential customers use smartphone apps to hail drivers and complete cashless transactions.
- Northern Arapaho Tribe appeals Affordable Care Act ruling Updated: Sep-04-15 6:08 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - The Northern Arapaho Tribe wants a federal appeals court to overturn a judge's recent ruling that the tribe is legally a large employer under federal health care law - a designation that requires the tribe to provide insurance coverage for its hundreds of employees.
- Hogan outlines across-the-board agency cuts Updated: Sep-04-15 6:05 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Gov. Larry Hogan has outlined the specifics in his cost-savings plan to cut 2 percent from state agencies across the board, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Friday outlining the specifics.
- US stocks drop; mixed jobs report clouds rate outlook Updated: Sep-04-15 5:46 pm
NEW YORK - It's an adage that investors hate uncertainty. Unfortunately for them, they got more of it on Friday.
- US jobless rate falls to 7-year low; Fed move still unclear Updated: Sep-04-15 5:34 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.1 percent last month, but hiring slowed - a mixed bag of news that offers few clues to whether the Federal Reserve will raise rock-bottom interest rates later this month.
- Feds seek information after radiation exposure in E. Idaho Updated: Sep-04-15 5:19 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Federal nuclear officials want an eastern Idaho company to provide detailed information about how it determined a worker's level of radiation exposure after a mishap exposed the worker to an amount initially estimated to be the maximum allowable in an entire year.
- Farm pollution settlement seen as blueprint for lake cleanup Updated: Sep-04-15 5:17 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture and an environmental group announced Friday their blueprint for reducing farm pollution flowing into Lake Champlain, a plan they put in the form of a signed agreement to settle the group's lawsuit.
- Democrat drops Covered California waiver for immigrants Updated: Sep-04-15 5:16 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - A Democratic state lawmaker on Friday dropped his effort to allow people who are in the country illegally to buy private insurance through the state's health insurance marketplace.
- Vermont state revenues short of targets for August Updated: Sep-04-15 4:28 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont's top state budget officer says state general revenues fell short of their target by nearly 4 percent in August.
- Credit ratings agencies eye Pennsylvania's budget stalemate Updated: Sep-04-15 4:07 pm
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - The Standard & Poor's credit ratings agency is warning that it could downgrade some of Pennsylvania's school districts and community colleges because of the 2-month-old budget stalemate that's cut off billions of dollars in aid.
- Fired regulator: Governor pushed to waive oil safeguards. Updated: Sep-04-15 3:36 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key environmental safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified.
- State of Illinois continues to hire despite lack of budget Updated: Sep-04-15 3:23 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The absence of a state budget hasn't kept Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration and other Illinois agencies from hiring more workers.
- From eggs to trees, USDA promotional programs controversial Updated: Sep-04-15 2:39 pm
WASHINGTON - The slogans are familiar: "The Incredible Edible Egg," ''Pork: The Other White Meat," and "Got Milk?"
- Secretary to plead guilty to helping businessman evade taxes Updated: Sep-04-15 2:11 pm
PITTSBURGH - The personal secretary for one of Pennsylvania's richest men will plead guilty to helping him evade more than $4 million in federal income taxes by using business funds to pay for his 18-bedroom mansion and other personal luxuries, her attorney said Friday.
- 26 school supervisory unions tackle district consolidation Updated: Sep-04-15 1:26 pm
MONTEPLIER, Vermont - More than half of Vermont's school supervisory unions are taking action to respond to a new state law that encourages district consolidation as student numbers fall and taxes rise, officials said Friday.
- Supreme Court won't block Eyman anti-tax initiative Updated: Sep-04-15 12:53 pm
OLYMPIA, Washington - An initiative that would limit the Legislature's ability to raise taxes will appear on the November ballot, after the Washington Supreme Court on Friday refused to block it, as a lawsuit against the measure had sought.